Two Tucson men were sentenced to prison by a judge for participating in a drug and firearms trafficking ring, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said Friday.
A jury found Juan Manuel Islas and Gilberto Saul Jaramillo guilty of multiple counts of heroin trafficking, money laundering, conspiracy and illegally conducting an enterprise, the Attorney General’s Office said.
Islas was sentenced to 10.5 years in prison and Jaramillo to six years, the office’s release said. Islas’ sentence was the longest of the seven people convicted in the ring since 2016.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives began investigating in May 2015.
Agents began by purchasing firearms from Thomas Baile, a defendant who had previous felony convictions, the Attorney General’s Office said. The agents later uncovered more people dealing methamphetamine and heroin in Tucson, the Attorney General’s Office said.
Over the next several months, ATF agents purchased heroin from Islas and three other defendants and discovered Islas got the heroin from Jaramillo, who owned and operated a Boost Mobile store, the Attorney General’s Office said.
Islas and Jaramillo are the last of the seven defendants in the trafficking organization to be sentenced, the Attorney General’s Office said. The others were Bartolo De Jesus Reyes Valenzuela, Arnoldo Alonso, Thomas Baile, Steven Calkins and Mike Taylor, the Attorney General’s Office said.
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